updated 1/11/2010 12:15:56 PM ET 2010-01-11T17:15:56

The Real Deal: Three nights at the Galaxy Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam; a flight on Vietnam Airlines between Hanoi and Luang Prabang, Laos; three nights at the Muang Luang Hotel in Luang Prabang; five breakfasts and two lunches; a full-day tour of Hanoi, including visits to Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison (nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton), the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Old Quarter; a full-day sightseeing tour in Luang Prabang; a day cruise along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, a sacred site for Buddhists; all transfers; and the services of knowledgeable English-speaking tour guides, from $869 per person—including all taxes and fees.

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When: Departs daily through Dec. 31, 2010.

The Fine Print: International airfare is not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $400. All taxes included. Entry visas for Vietnam must be obtained in advance through a Vietnamese embassy or consulate and cost $25 per person. U.S. passport holders can obtain a visa for Laos upon arrival in the country for $35 per person. For more information, check the State Department's consular information sheets for Vietnam and Laos. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Goway, 800/387-8850, goway.com.

Why it's a deal: The cost of this package breaks down to about $145 per person per night and includes airfare between Hanoi and Luang Prabang, six nights' accommodations divided between the two cities, some meals, sightseeing tours, transportation, and all taxes and fees. By bundling everything together, you'll be saving about $200 per person. Plus, you'll benefit from the services of English-speaking Goway representatives, who will ensure that your trip goes smoothly.

More: Optional activities include a half-day tour of Bat Trang, a village where pottery pottery is made, and the Co Loa citadel in the Hanoi countryside ($45 per person for two guests; add $25 for a solo traveler) and a full-day Ha Long Bay tour with seafood lunch ($159 per person for two guests; add $100 for a solo traveler). Additional nights in Hanoi and Luang Prabang are available, with prices given upon request.

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